Aquatic Vegetation in Cedar Lake
The aquatic food
chain begins at the lowest level. With lush vegetation comes, a place for small
invertebrates to thrive. These small invertebrates provide food for small
minnows and the minnows in turn provide food for larger fish and so on. The
vegetation also serves as habitat and cover for all forms and sizes of aquatic
life. A healthy lake has a mix of natural vegetation and submerged lake
structure. Both are needed and necessary to make the lake all that it can be.
Presently Cedar Lake
has a deficiency of both good quality native vegetation and lake structure.
This may change for the better on both counts in the near future.
Over the last
three years, a group effort from the Cedar Lake Protection and Rehabilitation
District, the Star Prairie Fish and Game Association and the Department of
Natural Resources (DNR) has provided extensive fish crib construction and
placement in Cedar Lake.
To date almost 100 cribs are setting on the bottom of the lake doing their prescribed
job of providing structure and habitat for the aquatic food chain. Because of
the success of the crib project over the last three years, an increased crib
building and placement project is being considered to increase the numbers
dramatically over the next few years.
experimental project is also underway. Not too many years ago the emergent
vegetation on Cedar Lake
was markedly different than it is now. On the southeast end of the lake near
the mouth of Cedar Creek, bulrush expansions stretched 200 -300 yards out from
shore. Native aquatic vegetation was the rule rather than the exception. On May
19th, 2006 members of the Cedar Lake Protection and Rehabilitation
District, the Cedar Lake Land Preservation Trust, Star Prairie Fish & Game
Association and DNR planted 130 plants
representing such varied names as Fowl Manna Grass, Broad Leaved Arrowhead,
Soft Stem Bulrush, Giant Bur-Reed, Blue Flag Iris and Wool Grass Sedge. This
planting were done under the watchful eye and direction of DNR
Specialist Deb Konkel and Fisheries Manager Marty
Engel. Three test plots were planted and will be monitored over the next year
to determine the viability and survival of the plants. If successful, the
program will be expanded and eventually Cedar
Lake will take another step toward
the goal of providing the best quality natural habitat to both aquatic fauna
and flora possible.